June 5, 1942:
The last ships sailed from Pearl Harbor, to the rendevous point. It will take about 2 weeks for this to develop; need to top everyone off, and get the transports loaded up
IO Carrier Move
That Carrier division in the Indian Ocean is now off Cocos. I'm pretty sure it's not KB, but after 3 sighting reports, I bet it's a combination of units like RYUJO, ZUIHO, SHOHO, maybe JUNYO, and a couple CVEs. There is also a cruiser TF there. Why are they there?
It's either a) an Invasion of Cocos, or b) some sort of raid. A raid does not make sense though; I have had very little shipping in the IO, and what little I had (3 transports unloading at Cocos), bugged-out. I literally have no ships at all other than PTs between Perth and Colombo.
So, he must be covering an invasion. It would make sense, if a couple units in Batavia were prepped. Whether he is coming or not, I can't do anything else to prepare; we're already dug-in to lvl-5 forts, I have 4 CD units, 300 mines, everyone is at 100% prep, I mean we're as ready as you can get. I'm not sending any more units; we are stacked to the max, and at any rate, I've loaded Cocos up with "disposable" units, like 45th Ind Bde, Sparrow Bn, etc. So that's it; Cocos will stand or fall depending on what GJ does.
Loss Summary to Date:
Here is a loss summary to date of major warships. As good a time as any to post. Of course, FOW applies to the IJN losses, but attached is my best guess:
CA: Haguro, Ashigara
CL: Kiso, Kashii
DD: About 18 DDs, give or take. More remarkable, I show only 4 of these are "OLD"; almost all are newer-types (Fubuki and later)
SS: 8; 5 of these are to mine hits
BBs: ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, W. VIRGINIA
CA: Cornwall, Exeter
CL: Pheonix, Boise, Glasgow, Hobart, Marblehead, Emerald, Dragon, Danae, DeRuyter, Tromp
DD: 11 DDs total; however, only 2 are modern USN DDs. The rest are old USN, Dutch, or 2 old RN DD
The BB losses hurt, particularly NEW MEXICO, which was taken out by RO-Boats entirely unassisted (first time I have ever seen RO-Boats take out something that big that wasn't a cripple!). I think the rest isn't bad at all. Of those Allied Cruisers, only the first 4 I listed are modern and decent; the rest are older types that in the long run are not really useful as other than escorts. My DD losses are particularly light; the older DDs are strictly escort ships.
As for the IJN, the two CA losses are excellent, as well as a fairly large number of modern DDs. Every little bit helps.
I would say that this is an excellent exchange for the Allies at this stage of the campaign.
In addition, the brief window offered by having nine carriers is about the only time I would consider a heads up fight with KB in 1942. But it is only a short opportunity and a smart Japanese player should just pass it up. That is if both sides are still at full strength.
< Message edited by crsutton -- 10/3/2012 9:36:45 PM >
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